Inspired both conceptually and aesthetically by the bootlegs of yore, the very authorized and very corporate Trademark of Quality promo release assembles 18 previously unissued cuts from the then-current Warner/Reprise roster; designed as an instant collector's item, the cover warns retailers and journalists, "When you see it a few years from now, propped up behind the register of your favorite used record store, selling for some obscenely high price, you'll wish you'd kept it…and probably not just because of its resale value," and, hyperbole aside, it's well-worth owning even beyond its Holy Grail status. Several of the tracks – American Music Club's haunting "Love Connection N.Y.C.," the Poster Children's cover of Bob Dylan's "Isis," the Muffs' incendiary "Lucky Guy," and John Wesley Harding's autumnal "Your New Clothes" among them – rank alongside their creators' very strongest work.
Heitor Villa-Lobos is without a doubt Brazil's most famous composer and one of the great creative personalities of the twentieth century. His oeuvre is gigantic in its dimensions and perhaps can be compared only to that of Darius Milhaud, who, by the way, was a close friend of his. In any case, Villa-Lobos was the first to introduce the music of Latin America to the world's concert halls, and influences from this music do indeed abound in his oeuvre. cpo is now presenting the first complete recording of his colossal symphonic work complex in a boxed set of seven CDs at a special low price! The SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra under the American star conductor Carl St. Clair has taken on this enormous task, and the result can only be described as a bravura achievement. You can look forward to an orchestral tour de force operating on the highest level!
GRAMOPHONE Magazine Editor's Choice - February 2016. dB Productions celebrate the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen with two CD volumes of his music! Featured again on this second volume is one of Sweden’s leading violinists, Cecilia Zilliacus, in Nielsen’s violin concerto. The Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra is conducted by young rising star, Daniel Blendulf.